Diabetes is an important medical condition that affects millions of people both in the United States and around the world. It results from problems in an important natural hormone called insulin. Insulin is responsible for many functions in the body including how your body uses the sugar you take in through your diet. People with diabetes cannot effectively transport the sugar that is needed for the body to work into the cells of their body. The medications that are used to treat diabetes work to either increase the amount of insulin your body produces or help your body respond to its natural insulin supply more effectively.
As stated earlier, insulin is a natural hormone that is made by your pancreas. Insulin acts like the gatekeeper of the cell. It signals the cells to “eat” the necessary nutrients that you take in through food and drink. Without insulin, these important substances, including sugar, remain in the blood unused. This causes two complications:
There are two basic forms of diabetes, named (appropriately!) type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The main difference between these two forms of the disease involves the production of and response to insulin.
The three main symptoms of diabetes are:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your physician or health provider, as they will be able to test if you have diabetes.
We offer diabetes counseling and a wide range of monitors and accessories for monitoring your blood sugar. We also offer follow-up hemoglobin A1C measurements. This test is an important indicator of how well controlled your blood sugar has been controlled in the past 3 months. It’s fast (less than 5 minutes!), easy, and costs only $35.